Swantan Weltei, a 25-year-old home help, was on Tuesday brought before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly attempting to murder his employer’s brother, Michael Ugbana, and stealing N200,000.
The accused is standing trial on charges bordering on conspiracy, stealing and attempted murder.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against him.
The Prosecutor, Inspector Oladele Adebayo, had told the court that the offences were committed on March 29, at about 10am, at Isheri, a suburb of Lagos.
He said that the accused stole N200,000 belonging to Sunday Ugbana, his employer, and attempted to murder Michael, a brother to the complainant in a bid to cover up his tracks.
The prosecutor said that the accused had beaten Michael and attempted to strangle him, thinking he had died, before leaving.
Adeboye said the offences contravened Sections 230, 245, 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
NAN reports that section 245 prescribes a seven-year jail term, section 230, life imprisonment; while section 411 stipulates two years imprisonment for convicts.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr O.O. Olatunji, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
He ruled that the sureties must have their addresses verified and adjourned the case until May 24, for further hearing.